The decision on the storage configuration of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 may carry greater weight than in previous Samsung phone models. According to a leak from frequent Samsung informant, Ice Universe (via Android Police), the 128GB variant of the base Galaxy S23 model will use a UFS 3.1 chip rather than Samsung’s more recent UFS 4.0 standard. Consumers who desire the latest storage technology will have to pay more for the 256GB version. Ice Universe suggests that this may be due to Samsung not producing a 128GB UFS 4.0 chip.
Samsung has made substantial claims regarding the benefits of UFS 4.0 since its announcement last year. The company claims that the new UFS 4.0 chips are twice as fast as its older UFS 3.1 memory, with sequential read and write speeds of up to 4,200MB/s and 2,800MB/s, respectively. Additionally, the new silicon is 46% more energy-efficient, which may result in longer battery life for phones utilizing this technology.
It is worth mentioning that Ice Universe’s information is not definite, as there have been conflicting leaks about the storage options for the Galaxy S23. Some sources suggest that all S23 models will come with 256GB storage, while others state that Samsung will offer storage upgrades for those who pre-order the Galaxy S23. Regardless, the UFS 4.0 upgrade should be a significant improvement, and even if you opt for a potential 128GB model to save money, it’s important to remember that Samsung is not planning to use outdated storage options such as eMMC or UFS 2.1.